There are many cars which are regarded as especially exciting to spot because of their power, speed, and perhaps the most exciting, their rarity. It becomes a great adventure at car shows to find the oldest car, the “coolest” car, and the rarest car. So, what is one of the hardest cars to see? How about a model that only ever had two units built? Yes, just two!
Allow us to introduce the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special. Its smooth curves and sporty body are reminiscent to the modern day Pontiac Solstice. From the beginning, it was intended to be unveiled in two locations, simultaneously, one in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf in New York, and one at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles. The two models were hand-built, and one was painted metallic bronze, the other a brilliant emerald green. Each car had twin exhaust chrome-ports, and on the hood were two “Silver Streaks,” which ended in functional air scoops, effectively distinguishing itself from the other cars of its day. Leather bucket seats in the 2-seater sports car gave it a luxurious feel.
Consistent with the Space Age in which the car was built, the brushed metal center console and matching guage area gave the car an out-of-this-world cool-factor. Its large speedomoeter rested just above the wheel, proudly displaying a top speed of 120 mph. The “Special”-8 engine had an output of 230bhp at 3700 rpm.
Sources say that as of 2006, both cars still exist, one being last seen in 2006, when it sold at an auction for a cool $2,800,000.